need advice about my business from experienced guys

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassmasterswilson, May 11, 2011.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,535

    Been in the business for about 7 years and business is booming. I'm solo and usually get a high school kid for the summer. business is about 60% mowing and 35% weed control and 5% aerations/renovations. Both are growing but the weed control is really growing.

    Trying to deceide to hire a full time guy, raise prices on new customers to get more profit, or just say no.

    I love solo work, but when you have mowing and applications at the same time it is tough. I'm slowly wearing down already this year and want this to be a career. I'm also 32 and engaged so down the road I may be the sole provider.

    Any advice on the direction to head?
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Yes.

    I have 10 years in and one thing I have learned to respect what it took to get me here
    and in that sense it's the small changes that make big differences, it took a lot to get here
    and now we don't want to mess that up so, small changes ...
    Kind of like fine tuning, tweak one here, one there, real nice and easy and not all at once.

    So then...
    This year thus far has been unusually busy, but I'm already
    starting to feel the first faint signs of a mild slow down, which...

    This is seasonal work.
    It is spring, this is the busiest season of the year so keep on getting it
    because once it's over you can't make it up later, not in this business.
    Once the work is gone, it's gone.
    Gone gone.

    You just have to run balls to the wall for that bit of a while and it will wear you down and out
    but grab the work and rake in that money because before you know it we will be in midst
    of a hot summer and wondering where all the work went.

    So we might have another week, another month, I don't know but take it while it's there.

    As for raising prices, that's not entirely a bad idea but in addition to that I started doing a little
    cherry picking if you know what I mean, doesn't mean I won't take the hard jobs, but it does
    mean it has to be a little bit up my alley type of stuff,
    like I said, some light cherry picking, just a little...

    Same with prices, might raise them a little but don't get carried away, do not, please.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  3. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    You can raise prices to control/stunt growth. Works really well if done carefully. I used to weed out my bottom acounts every year and replace them with better route density/higher profit jobs.
     
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,535

    thanks guys. I am in the beginning stages of raising prices on new clients. I may bump my spray and mow jobs up $5 or so and also increase me minimums for both.

    I just don't want to end up all beat up by age 40!! Have been giving the thought of buying another company out and having a separate mowing crew, but don't know how to go about finding businesses for sale. Employees equal more headache, but often are part of the job.
     
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    WOrking solo is ok, some would NOt have it any other way. For me, NO WAY.... I've done my time. after you hare 8 to 10 people you will NEVER go back in the field, NOW will you wnat too, you will Quickly discover that your time is too valuable
     

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